Butland aims to make mark at Blues

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Jack Butland could start the season as Birmingham City's first-choice goalkeeper
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Jack Butland could start the season as Birmingham City's first-choice goalkeeper

Jack Butland is keen to make the breakthrough at club level with Birmingham this season after his only other taste of domestic football came on loan at Cheltenham.

Butland played 24 games for the League Two side last season but it proved a stepping stone for his Euro 2012 call-up with England and being Team GB's goalkeeper at the Olympic Games.

Now Butland, who could make his England debut against Italy on Wednesday, wants regular football with Blues after playing at St. Andrew's for the first time in a weekend friendly.

City have already rejected a £6million bid from Southampton for Butland this summer.

Butland said: "I've spoken to the manager (Lee Clark) and indicated what I want to do, which is play football.

"It's going to be another big season for me to carry on learning and to get a load of games under my belt.

"That's the target for me and, if I'm fortunate enough to get that chance, I'm going to have to take it and try to play 40-plus games this season.

"People mention Southampton's interest. That's football. There's always people watching you, no matter who you are or who you're playing for.

"That's irrelevant to me because I'm a Birmingham City player. I've got to perform for them, try to stay in the team and see what happens."

Butland admitted: "It was a nerve-racking experience for me at the weekend because I hadn't played at St. Andrew's before. I felt that I needed to show the Birmingham fans what I'm about because they've not seen me before. It was important to me."

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